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Diary

War has come home to Russia

In his latest address Putin looked as pale and dead-eyed as Nosferatu

By Owen Matthews

Russia

More mad than Vlad: Russia’s ultra-nationalist threat

They have been armed by the Russian military and ideologically empowered by near-hysterical levels of state propaganda

By Owen Matthews

Book Review

Nothing is certain in Russia, where the past is constantly rewritten

Russia: Myths and Realities by Rodric Braithwaite and The Shortest History of the Soviet Union by Sheila Fitzpatrick reviewed

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Sanctions are working — whatever Putin says

His weaponizing of gas supplies to Europe is the financial equivalent of strapping on a suicide vest

By Owen Matthews

Russia

How Russia is holding Ukraine’s wheat exports to ransom

Ukraine’s grain is cheap, and is therefore usually exported to the world’s poorest countries

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Putin’s war is a cross to bear for all Russians

A tragically large proportion of the Russian population are actively complicit in their own delusion

By Owen Matthews

Middle East

Turkey’s dilemma: whose side is Erdogan on?

He is in a great hurry to patch up the conflict between two of his most important trading partners

By Owen Matthews

Russia

My one-way ticket out of Moscow

Anything is better than leaving money in Russia

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Has Putin lost it?

His sensible, peace-talking statesman act flipped into something dark and irrational that has worried even his supporters

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Russia syndrome: it’s easy to blame Putin for everything

For the Kremlin, sparking a war with the EU over refugees now would be ultimately self-defeating

By Owen Matthews

Russia

The mystery of Vladimir Putin’s mistresses

Putin’s love life remains the most taboo of forbidden subjects in Russia

By Owen Matthews

Russia

The Biden-Putin summit was a diplomatic nothingburger

There were no breakthroughs — but at least, by Putin’s account at least, there was ‘no hostility’ between the two sides

By Owen Matthews

Europe

Sanctions don’t work against Putin and his allies

‘If you want to punish Lukashenko, give every young Belarusian a plane ticket and a Schengen visa’

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Putin and Biden need one another

The American and Russian presidents have been taking potshots at each other for at least a decade

By Owen Matthews

Russia

The truth about Russia’s hidden COVID deaths

Russia’s health service is infamously underfunded, but many of its doctors remain world-class

By Owen Matthews

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